The Era of Good Feelings, commonly known as the Era of Good Feelings, was the national attitude of the United States from 1815 to 1825, as initially defined on July 12, 1817 by the Boston Columbian Centinel. The "period" proved to be a brief respite in personal and political leadership battles as new concerns arose. During this time, there was general agreement among all sectors of American society that the nation needed peace and stability after years of conflict.
How did Americans come to have this optimistic view of life? They looked back at the history of their country and saw evidence that every crisis brought out the best in people - leaders rose to power and held it despite being threatened with violence; ordinary citizens participated in civic affairs even though they could not vote; different interests worked together for common goals; and so on. All of this convinced them that things would work out well if they left the situation to fate.
This attitude began to change after 1825 when President John Quincy Adams failed to get re-elected. Many Americans felt that our young country could use a change in leadership, and so a newcomer to politics became president: William Henry Harrison. He died just forty-nine hours into his term but was succeeded by Vice President John Tyler, who had been elected alongside him. Tyler never really got a chance to lead because he too died very soon after taking office. His death too was followed by another election which this time went to Martin Van Buren who had been serving as secretary of state.
"The Era of Good Feelings" refers to a time in American history that lasted from approximately 1815 to around 1825 and was marked by a sense of optimism and positivism. The era is primarily connected with James Monroe's presidency, which he held for two terms from 1817 to 1825. However, it also can be considered part of the post-war period after the War of 1812 and the subsequent development of the United States as a world power.
During this time, there was significant growth and development in the country at all levels: economic, social, cultural. Public education became the rule rather than the exception, hospitals were built all over the country to house the many sick people caused by diseases never before seen by most Americans (the infant mortality rate was high), roads were constructed or improved upon so they could be used by merchants to transport goods to market, and the federal government began to take an interest in the welfare of its citizens by establishing programs such as Old Age Assistance and Unemployment Insurance.
All in all, this was a time when people believed that their country was on the right track and would continue to grow and improve itself.
Some historians have gone further, arguing that the "Era of Good Feelings" actually began under President Thomas Jefferson and continued under his successor, James Madison.
The Era of Good Feelings was an era in American political history that represented a feeling of national purpose and a desire for togetherness among Americans following the War of 1812. The term comes from the title of a book by William Dunning that described the period from 1816 to 1841.
It began with the defeat of Britain and France in their war against Russia over control of eastern Europe. This left the United States as the only great power in the western hemisphere. Outraged at being left alone on the world stage, Americans demanded that their government provide them with a strong military so they could defend themselves from foreign attack.
The result was the creation of one of the largest militaries in the world during the days of its expansion under President Thomas Jefferson. It also led to the first of many controversies involving America's relationship with Britain. In 1815, Americans voted to reject the idea of trading with Britain until it stopped interfering in European affairs. But when the British government refused to accept this as a reason to end the war, tensions between the two countries were high.
In addition to wanting to be ready for war with Britain, Americans also wanted to show the world that they were a great nation. One way they did this was by becoming involved in several wars - both civil and international.